• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 19, 2003

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
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  1. Even the cockney pedestrians fail to hold back the punches with gems such as “Oi, get off the road you fu**in’ w**ker!” It all adds up to a game that rolls along at the speed of a Guy Ritchie movie (minus the humour) with a couple of "Reservoir Dogs" torture scenes added for good measure.
  2. The Getaway is a pretty decent game with a few bad design decisions but some cool driving and action.
  3. Absolutely runs away with the title of most visually and technically impressive game for the PlayStation 2... Unfortunately, the developers shot themselves in the foot with the actual game.
  4. On a technical level it’s a major achievement, with a superbly realised graphics engine, but on a gameplay level it’s neither the best driving game, nor the best stealth-based shooter, and some of you will have issues with the hammy voice acting.
  5. FHM
    Not just a little similar to "GTA III" in look, feel, and gameplay, it's nonetheless worth sleeping in front of the game store for this one. [Dec 2002, p.150]
  6. Game Informer
    It's definitely the closest video games have ever come to capturing the essence of a kick-ass action flick. [Feb 2003, p.92]
  7. During that transition from one medium to another, a clunky targeting system, unbelievable AI and pathetic camera were attached to this edgy property, significantly dulling it.
  8. Getaway isn't a shining beacon for all to follow, but its greatest contribution is that it is a ray of light that brings progressive ideas and expressions to the gaming conscious and deserves credit for it.
  9. GameNow
    An immensely cool game that pushes frustration to its boundaries. [Apr 2003, p.51]
  10. 90
    In between some breakneck driving and intense gunplay, you get plenty of tough guy angst, wicked doublecrosses, and excruciatingly brutal thuggery.
  11. At times The Getaway is spectacularly cinematic in the best way imaginable, ie in game, rather than through cut-scenes... you can see why people are going to enjoy The Getaway.
  12. This game deserves a look at, even if just to admire the scope to which Lindon was recreated and the movie-like feel.
  13. The graphics are stunning and character movements, in the game and cut sequences, have a fluidity and realness that immerses you in the game action.
  14. Although the cinematic story is supposedly one of the most compelling elements of The Getaway, it is merely decent by film standards and only fair by video game standards.
  15. The atmosphere that this game creates with its dialog, character interactions, and its intriguing story set in the real life city of London is completely amazing.
  16. Approach this game like you would to watch a good action flick and you will be well entertained.
  17. To be honest, you’ll probably be disappointed with The Getaway once you reach the end for the first time, as it takes a feeble four hours to finish, having played through with both characters to get the whole story.
  18. GMR Magazine
    So dark, gritty, and uncompromising, it makes "Vice City" seem much more like a cartoon than you would have previously considered it. [Mar 2003, p.62]
  19. If the ensuing police brutality doesn’t mold you into the model Wheelman, then having to endure those whiny English cop sirens surely will.
  20. The gameplay though is sometimes too realistic for its own good.
  21. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    There is brutality here that will shock some of you with its dispassionate nature... There's a sense of claustrophobia and fear you experience in The Getaway that's unlike any other game. [Mar 2003, p.104]
  22. Speaking of gameplay this is where the title just can't manage to break out from the norm. What we needed here was something full of new ideas, not just a revolution of the ideas already given in previous games.
  23. A great action title... The problem is that we had such high expectations for the game, expecting a true next-gen title to really push the genre forward, in this respect The Getaway falls short of the mark.
  24. The game’s full of such annoyances, but it manages to (almost) balance up its frustrating nature with the weight of its truly black heart, good looks and the questionable joy of emptying out a Soho ponce bar to the sound of an AK-47.
  25. As good as the Getaway is, it needs more powerful hardware to really deliver the kind of punch the game has the potential to administer.
  26. Weekly Famitsu
    8 / 7 / 8 / 8 - 31 silver [Vol 780]
  27. Bottom-line: Team Soho deserves every ounce of credit for having some of the best voice acting in a game ever!

Awards & Rankings

#17 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#25 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 54
  2. Negative: 13 out of 54
  1. PhillipS.
    Jun 30, 2003
    This game is cool but the only problem is that the cars are to slow but I think it is still better than Grantheftauto3/vice city.
  2. Chuck76
    Mar 31, 2003
    Probably the most hyped and over-rated game of the year (in the uk anyway). The humour, graphics and superb story line are the biggest Probably the most hyped and over-rated game of the year (in the uk anyway). The humour, graphics and superb story line are the biggest acheivment of this title. Once you've got used to the sluggish controls, slightly too realistic driving physics and the awkward but rewarding aiming system this game can be pretty cool. But as you get further you grow bored of the cut scenes, the constant repeating of the same tasks and similar missions. A word of warning, if you're the kinda guy who gets infuriated to the point where you wanna put your controller through the TV give this game a miss! The feel of a movie is what this game stes out to do and it delivers but that's also the biggest flaw. If I wanna watch a movie I will. Definitely worth playin' should take a week or less to crack. Try an take advantage of some stores 10 day return policy (oops shouldn't really say that, ha). A must if you live in London though. Full Review »
  3. Oct 16, 2016
    This game is best left alone. The only good things about this game are the graphics and the story. Other than that, the gameplay is terribleThis game is best left alone. The only good things about this game are the graphics and the story. Other than that, the gameplay is terrible and leaves a lot to be desired.

    The game is bordering on unplayable, due to bad controls. You can only move around with one thumbstick and the auto-aim is severely inaccurate. There's no HUD, meaning you won't know what you're doing half the time and there's a steep learning curve due to bad level design.

    This game, along with Driver 3, is the reason why Grand Theft Auto will always remain superior in my opinion. Only try if you're really interested.
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